9th Annual Jericho ATV Festival

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The 2017 Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive ATV Insurance was an ATV enthusiast’s dream come true, featuring mud races, demo rides, live music and delicious food. The event was a record breaker with 7,000 people in attendance.

The annual festival takes place at Jericho Mountain State Park, which boasts more than 80 miles of trails. With more than 1,000 miles of interconnected OHRV trails in the Ride the Wilds network, New Hampshire’s Grand North is paradise for ATV riders, and the Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive puts the spotlight on the very best riding in the northeast.

 

RiverFire

RiverFire

When the nights are getting colder…Berlin heats things up with RiverFire! Bouncy houses, hayrides, food vendors, beer tent, live music. Lighting of the Boom Piers & Pumpkins on the Bridge! RiverFire 5K is back too!

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Just as the nights are getting colder in New England, the City of Berlin will be warming things up with one of the best fall festivals around—RiverFire!Come to “the city that trees built” to catch a full day of fun, ending with some dramatic fires on the river.

RiverFire burns bigger and brighter every year, and this year there are some fun new activities for everyone. The gates of the Service Credit Union Heritage Park, 942 Main Street, Berlin, NH will open to activities and vendors for visitors of ALL ages. Admission to the park is FREE. Date is October 14, 2017.

Enjoy plenty of family fun activities such as:

  • Pumpkins on the bridge
  • Hay rides
  • Duck races
  • Hot air balloon rides
  • The “Not So Scary” Halloween Party
  • A costume parade
  • Live Music
  • Mouth watering food
  • Spectacular fires on the water

RireFire 5K

RiverFire_logoRun or walk in the RiverFire 5K along the picturesque Androscoggin River. End your race at Berlin’s RiverFire celebration.  Hurry and register before October 8th to receive a free RiverFire 5K t-shirt!  Click Here for more information and the registration form.

Lighting of the Fires on the River

jackolanterns riverfire androscoggin valley berlin nhAt dusk, the Androscoggin River will be lit up with fires that appear to be floating on the water! The blazes will actually burn on the historic boom piers that dot the river. These piers were used during the height of the logging era, when they separated and guided the many trees that were sent down the river to the mills of Berlin. For RiverFire, these old piers will be stacked with skids, which when set aflame create a dynamic contrast of light over the dark waters. Take a walk along the bridge and admire the wonderful glowing carved pumpkins on the bridge.

RiverFire promises to be the hottest event of the season.  It is a spectacle you won’t want to miss!
For more information, call 603-752-6060 or find RiverFire Berlin, NH on Facebook.

Polaris Camp RZR New England

Polaris Camp RZR returns to Jericho State Park on September 22 and 23 for another two days of fun and excitement!

Celebrate 10 years of RZR as Camp RZR returns to beautiful Jericho Mountain State Park in Berlin, NH on September 22-23. Inside the park and nearby, over 1,000 miles of trails await your whole crew. At Camp RZR, the real party ramps up with great riding events, tons of giveaways—including machines—and, on Saturday, a live concert from The Band Perry—the Grammy award-winning artists best known for hit singles like “Gentle on My Mind” and “Stay in the Dark.” Get ready for two days of pure excitement when riders from all over the country come together to celebrate their love for everything off-road.

Important to note: For Camp RZR® New England you’ll need to register your machine in the State of New Hampshire as well as purchase an event ticket.  Please see our FAQs for further details.

*Please obey all automobile traffic laws and speed limits and do not ride in the breakdown lanes. See our FAQ section for more info. Click here to download a map for camping and parking info.

Click here for ticket information!

Stay tuned for more details to be announced. In the meantime, remember all the good times from Camp RZR New England 2016. Click on link for video.

Jericho ATV Festival

Daytime events on August 4 & 5 take place at Jericho Mountain State Park, including Demos, Poker Run, ATV Pull, Obstacle Course, Mud Pit Grudge Runs, Mud Pit Races, Food Vendors, After Market Vendors, Helicopter Rides  & more!

Main Street, Berlin, is the setting for the Jericho Festival Downtown Block Party on Friday, August 4, from 4-10 p.m. Enjoy the ATV Ride-In, Food, Beer Tent, Torch-lit Parade & Music by “A Shot of JD.”

The Jericho Festival Concert takes place in Service Credit Union Heritage Park, from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 5. Food Vendors, Lawn Games, Beer Tent. Free admission to the Heritage Park. Featuring New England’s Best Cover Band, “Last Kid Picked.”

Hosted by the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club and the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Jericho ATV Festival

Daytime events on August 4 & 5 take place at Jericho Mountain State Park, including Demos, Poker Run, ATV Pull, Obstacle Course, Mud Pit Grudge Runs, Mud Pit Races, Food Vendors, After Market Vendors, Helicopter Rides  & more!

Main Street, Berlin, is the setting for the Jericho Festival Downtown Block Party on Friday, August 4, from 4-10 p.m. Enjoy the ATV Ride-In, Food, Beer Tent, Torch-lit Parade & Music by “A Shot of JD.”

The Jericho Festival Concert takes place in Service Credit Union Heritage Park, from 4-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 5. Food Vendors, Lawn Games, Beer Tent. Free admission to the Heritage Park. Featuring New England’s Best Cover Band, “Last Kid Picked.”

Hosted by the Androscoggin Valley ATV Club and the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce.

Family Summer Road Trip: From the Cliffs of Acadia Park, ME to White Water Rafting in Errol, NH

Every summer we take a family vacation but the challenge is trying to find a place to go with two active boys ages 19 and 20 who want high adrenaline pumping activities.  This summer, we decided to go up to Maine for the week and spend 3 nights in Bar Harbor before heading over the western part of the state and Northern New Hampshire.

It was an 8 hour ride up to Bar Harbor from Southampton, NY. We stayed at the Bar Harbor Regency Holiday Inn hotel right on the ocean and only a mile and half from Bar Harbor Village.

Day One: Rock Climbing in Acadia Park, Maine

We got up early and headed to the Acadia Mountain Guides Climbing School for our first activity of the trip, rock climbing.  We met our guide Zach, got our gear and headed off to Otter Cliffs in Acadia National Park.  We hiked down to the bluff overlooking the ocean and started our first climb.  We repelled down the bottom and climbed back up the cliffs.  It was pretty difficult at times but Zach guided us and provided instruction when we got stuck.

Rock Climbing in Acadia
Rock Climbing in Acadia

We did three different repels and climbs, with the  most exciting one being “the chimney” which has you repel down a crevice between 2 rock formations before climbing back up.  It was a half day climb from 9:00-1:00.

Rock Climbing in Acadia
Rock Climbing in Acadia

After getting some lunch we decided to go back into Acadia and do a short hike on the moderate Bubble Rock trail.  We finished our first full day by driving up to the top of Cadillac Mountain to watch the sunset.

Day Two: Biking in Acadia Park, Maine

We rented bicycles from Acadia Outfitters and went biking in Acadia Park. We spent four hours biking throughout Acadia culminating with our ride up Sargent Mountain South Ridge Trail the second highest peak in Acadia.   The views were absolutely amazing and ride down was a lot more fun than the ride up.  Up at the peak we took a break to take in the views and also eat some of wild blueberries that grow throughout the park.

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Family Photo

Once we finished biking we went to the Side Street Café for some drinks and food.  After eating we took a walk to Bridge Street to walk across the natural sand bar bridge from Bar Harbor to Bar Island.  You can only go across during low tide and you have to plan accordingly so you don’t get stuck when the tide comes in.   It was about a 1 mile hike to the peak and it gave you a great view back to the village.  We went to bed early because we decided to get up and go to the top of Cadillac Mountain to see the sunrise at 5:01 AM.

Day Three: ATVing with NorthEast ATV Rentals in Gorham, NH

We got up at 4:15 AM and drove up to the peak.  I was amazed at the hundreds of people who work up early to watch the sunrise.  It was like a big party going on up there at 5:00 in the morning.  It is quite amazing to see the first rays of sunlight hit the US and was definitely worth getting up early to see and would highly recommend it.

After going back to the room and getting a couple hours sleep we were off to the second part of our adventure vacation – Gorham, NH.  Our next stop was Gorham, NH to NorthEast ATV Rentals.  My boys were in the single ATV’s while my wife and I paired up into a double with me driving of course.  This was the highlight of the trip for my boys.  We had two hours of fun ripping through miles of trails in the park.  It’s was a great family activity as we sped through mud and puddles, down step trails, pits and the best part is we did not have to go with a guide.  We were on our own tearing it up out there.  A definite must do on your next adventure trip.

ATVing in Gorham NH
ATVing in Gorham NH

That night we headed to Sunday River Resort – our home for the next three days with gorgeous views of the mountains. One of the best parts of staying at Sunday River was the breakfast that was included and Chef Frank was fantastic especially with his made to order omelets.

Day Four: White Water Rafting with Raft NH in Errol, NH

We got up early Friday to drive about 50 minutes to Errol, NH to Raft NH for our trip down the Rapid River for our white water rafting excursion.  Another highlight of the trip going down the Rapid River – a couple mile stretch of Class IV rapids and the beauty of the wilderness the surrounded us.

We saw a couple of bald eagles during the trip and a deer along the water’s edge.  The Rapid River only runs several times each summer because it is dam released which is one of the reasons why we choose it.  Another unique feature about the trip is that there is no take out at the end of the river because it feeds into a lake.  At the end of our trip, the owner Neil met us with the pontoon boat and took us on a nice 20 minute cruise across the lake.  When we got back to the base we had a great catered lunch of sausage and peppers, baked beans, pasta salad and cookies.  The staff was awesome and so was our guide Andy who did a great job providing us with great thrills and memories of our trip down the Rapid River.

When got back to our hotel we had dinner and decided to go to a movie at the Gem Theater in Bethel, ME.  This is a great little theater that should be stop on your trip if you are in Bethel.

Day Five: Repelling Down Cloudland Falls, Franconia Notch NH with north ridge mountain guides

We got up Saturday to begin our hour drive Franconia Notch to hike up Mt. Lafayette in the White Mountain National Forest to repel down Cloudland Falls.  We met our guide Jamie in the parking lot and hiked about a mile and half passing smaller falls along the way.  Once we reached our destination Jamie set up the ropes and gave us a demonstration and instructions.  We all repelled twice down the falls and it was something I will never forget.

Repelling down a waterfall in Franconia Notch area
Repelling down a waterfall in Franconia Notch area

The rush of repelling down a waterfall often time with many hikers stopping to watch was a once in a lifetime experience. Surrounded by the beauty of the falls and the forest around us, my adrenaline was pumping so much I hardly noticed how chilly the water was until I reached the bottom of the falls.  This is something I would highly recommend for the adventurer out there.

After hiking back down we drove to Woodstock, NH and grabbed some food before heading back to the resort.  We also came to find out that Saturday was a big day in Bethel as they celebrated the Mollyocket races and festival which has been going on for 50 years.  While we missed the events during the day we did make it back in time for the spectacular fireworks display behind the Bethel Inn. Ironically the one reason we decided to stay at Sunday River was because of the mountain biking there, but because we had to leave fairly early Sunday to catch our ferry we ran out of days to go mountain biking.  Oh well I guess we will put that on the list for next year!  We had an amazing action packed week long adventure vacation!

MOMS Lancaster Celebrates New Store with Grand Opening, July 22 & 23

North Country on- and off-road riders now have their own go-to powersports store with the Grand Opening of MOMS Lancaster, at the junction of Routes 2 and 3 in Lancaster.

The two-day celebration, on July 22 and 23, will introduce customers to MOMS product selection and service, with giveaways, free food and entertainment, a car show, and celebrity appearances, including New England pro football players.

The MOMS shopping experience includes warehouse-scale product selection, extensive inventories of apparel and accessories, and the very best customer and technical service:

  • Polaris off-road vehicles, including Sportsman ATVs, RZR, RANGER, ACE, and GENERAL models
  • Polaris snowmobiles for trail, deep snow, and rec/utility riders
  • STIHL chainsaws and power products for home and commercial use
  • The North Country’s largest selection of premium guns and ammo
  • Accessories for off-road vehicles, snowmobiles, and motorcycles
  • Riding gear for all riders in all seasons, and branded sportswear
  • Technical service to keep riders’ vehicles and power equipment running its best
  • Pre-owned motorcycles, including sport bikes, cruisers, off-road, and street bikes.

MOMS Lancaster’s Grand Opening will feature special prices on select products, free ice cream, and live entertainment. Professional chainsaw artist Alan Reynolds will create wood carvings using STIHL chainsaws, and a STIHL factory rep will be on hand to offer product information. Drawings will be held for door prizes, including STIHL power products, firearms, and ammo (no purchase necessary).

For off-roaders, there will be a free ATV wash using a STIHL pressure washer, along with a car and motorcycle show with MOMS North Country sponsoring the Best of Show and Best Motorcycle trophies.

Local, county, and state dignitaries are expected for the ribbon cutting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 22. Ample parking is available, and the service department will be open both days.

MOMS Lancaster is easily accessible by off-road riders and snowmobilers on area trails, and to motorcyclists and Polaris Slingshot riders touring the area.

Founded in 1973 in Manchester, N.H., the family-owned MOMS business and its brand are familiar to riders throughout New England and eastern Canada. In addition to the Lancaster and Manchester stores, MOMS dealerships can be found in Foxboro and Revere, Mass.

The company is the Northeast’s powersports leader, offering a wide range of new and pre-owned vehicles, unmatched customer service, outstanding technical service, accessories, and apparel. MOMS dealerships offer personalized financing to suit each customer’s unique needs.

The company is among the top five U.S. dealers for Indian Motorcycle, Slingshot, and Polaris off-road vehicles. In just two years of carrying Yamaha motorsports products, MOMS is among the leaders in U.S. sales of Yamaha products. MOMS dealerships also offer vehicle rentals through EagleRider.

Mud, Music & More at the Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive, August 4 & 5

Get ready for a terrific line-up of Mud, Music & More at the 8th Annual Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive on August 4 and 5. Last year’s Festival drew 6,000 visitors, and the tally at this year’s premiere ATV event is expected to be higher!

Beautiful Jericho Mountain State Park is the setting for dozens of daytime events. While there take the opportunity to explore the Park’s over 80 miles of exceptional trails, directly connecting to over 1,000 miles of trails and terrain in the Ride the Wilds ATV system.

Festival organizers have been busy concocting just the right mix of earth and water to produce all the oozy mud necessary for the always fun and exciting mud pit competitions that include Mud Races and Grudge Runs.

Major manufacturers Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Textron Off-Road & Arctic Cat will be bringing along their new models for you to dream and drool about! Take a demo ride and see what a new model can do for you. Local business White Mountain ATV Rental will be sponsoring trail bike demonstrations.

The popular RAVE X Freestyle Show returns to the Festival to wow spectators with fabulous stunts that will leave you gasping in awe. Other highlights include the Blessing of the ATVs, Poker Run, ATV Obstacle Course, Youth ATV Simulator, Helicopter Rides, Food, Vintage ATVs and Aftermarket Vendors.

Lots of activities take place in the evening, too, with a Downtown Block Party on Berlin’s Main Street on Friday night, and the Family Music Festival on Saturday evening at Service Credit Union Heritage Park. All events are rain or shine, and all of the city’s streets are ATV friendly.

Friday evening’s Downtown Block Party is a great way to mix and mingle and wrap up your first day at the Festival after a full schedule of events. Join the ATV Torch-lit Parade at dusk, enjoy a ReMax Hot Air Balloon Ride, shop for souvenirs, grab something to eat and visit the beer tent. The evening’s music is by A Shot of JD.

Saturday evening’s festivities get underway at 4 p.m. at Service Credit Union Heritage Park. The family friendly event includes food, a beer tent, a campfire with s’mores and live music by Last Kid Picked.

In conjunction with the Jericho ATV Festival, the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce is hosting #whereswheeler, a fun activity for anyone riding the trails. The colorful figure of Wheeler, dressed in Jericho ATV Festival garb, hides at various places in the woods along the trails. When you find Wheeler, take a selfie with him and post it to the Festival Facebook page and you might win a prize in the monthly drawings.

For more information about the Jericho ATV Festival Presented by Progressive, please call (603) 752-6060 or visit www.jerichoatvfestival.com.

Festival Schedule

Friday, August 4

  • Gates Open at Jericho Mountain State Park — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Poker Run (signup at the Park)
  • ATV Wash — Free ATV Wash sponsored by Progressive
  • Mud Races & Grudge Runs
  • Trail Bike Demos
  • ATV Obstacle Course, Youth ATV Simulator
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Aftermarket & Food Vendors
  • Vintage ATVs
  • Free Demo Rides — Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Textron Off-Road & Arctic Cat

Downtown Block Party — 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Food, Beer Tent, ATV Torch Lit Parade at Dusk — Berlin’s Main Street
  • Love Music by A Shot of JD
  • Family Friendly — Bring the kids, too!

Saturday, August 5

  • Gates Open at Jericho Mountain State Park — 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Blessing of the ATVs
  • Mud Races & Grudge Runs
  • Trail Bike Demos
  • Rave Freestyle Show
  • Obstacle Course, Youth ATV Simulator
  • Helicopter Rides
  • Aftermarket & Food Vendors
  • Vintage ATVs
  • Free Demo Rides — Polaris, Can-Am, Kawasaki, Textron Off-Road & Arctic Cat

Jericho ATV concert — 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Concert at Service Credit Union Heritage Park — 942 Main Street, Berlin
  • Live Music by Last Kid Picked
  • Free Admission to the Outdoor Venue
  • Food, Beer Tent, Campfire with s’mores
  • Family Friendly — Bring the kids, too!

Sunday, August 6

  • Gates Open at Jericho Mountain State Park — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • FREE Admission to the Park on Sunday
  • Limited Vendors & Activities

Bear Rock Adventures Wants to be Your ‘Guide to the Wilds’

A brand new fleet of 2017 Polaris RZRs, Rangers and Sportsman Touring OHRVs at Bear Rock Adventures is ready to take you right into the heart of the thrilling Ride the Wilds 1,000-plus-mile trail system where memories are ready to be made!

With its fleet of incredible machines, diverse riding opportunities, including guided ATV tours and custom itineraries, along with impeccable customer service, the staff at Bear Rock Adventures stands ready to help you map out a day — or more — of fun and adventure on the trails.

Bear Rock can accommodate singles, couples, families and all levels of experience in its 2-, 4- and 6-seat side-by-sides and ATVs, so that anyone who wishes to enjoy the exciting sport of ATVing can do so. Bear Rock offers half-day, full day and multi-day rentals and the Ride the Wilds trail system has multiple terrain options that will appeal to beginners as well as well-seasoned riders.

Bear Rocks’ top-of-the-line vehicles include all of the equipment and gear you’ll need on the trails, like electric start, 4-wheel drive, automatic transmissions, and power steering for effortless maneuvering, along with the most up-to-date GPS and Bluetooth technology. With plenty of room to store riding gear, maps, picnic lunches, selfie sticks and more, these machines ensure your riding pleasure.

With your machine of choice, take a self-guided tour, or have an experienced tour guide lead the way. Bear Rock Adventures can outfit you with everything you need for an exceptional ride, whether you want to seek out mountaintops for extended vistas, see wildlife in its natural habitat, conquer challenging trails, or simply try an entirely new adventure.

Bear Rock Adventures is located right on the Ride the Wilds trail system, an interconnected 1,000 miles of trails across northern New Hampshire. The staff at Bear Rock can help you map out best places to ATV and stay in the region.

A couple of suggested itineraries to get you started include:

Aprils’ Maple: Take a scenic ride along the Connecticut River to April’s Maple in Canaan, Vt. Sample pure Vermont maple syrup and other goodies at the snack shack and stop into the gift shop to take home your own syrup or a maple-themed gift item.

Beaver Brook Falls: Beautiful Beaver Brook Falls is a refreshing rest stop on your day’s ride. A great photo op, with a nice picnic area, the 80-foot waterfall is located off South Hill Road in Colebrook, right off the Ride the Wilds trail system.

Fishing: Pack your rod and reel and spend the day riding and fishing! On this trail ride you’ll visit Murphy’s Dam on Lake Francis, Nathan’s Pond, and Little Diamond Pond. Drop your line, relax and take in all the sights and sounds. You might spot an eagle — or a moose, and maybe you’ll take home a fish or two.

Bear Rock Adventures is located at 545 Beach Road in Pittsburg directly across the street from Powderhorn Lodge on Back Lake. Learn more about Bear Rock and other “wild” adventures in northern New Hampshire — like biking, boating, camping, hiking, snowmobiling, soaring on a ropes course, and the Rapid River Float Plane Adventure — at www.bearrockadventures.com.

8 Tips for Family-Friendly ATV Adventures

Contributed by Wild Rock PR

ATV’s and side-by-sides are an awesome way explore! With over a thousand miles of interconnected trails through Ride the Wilds, Northern New Hampshire is an up-and-coming destination for families looking for a way to unplug and reconnect. Check out these 8 tips brought to you by Bear Rock Adventures on how to ensure you and your family have the best summer adventure:

Do your research and book a vehicle with a company you trust. It’s important to get a vehicle (or vehicles) that fit your family. Side-by-sides are a family favorite, as some can fit up to six people.

If you’re renting a vehicle, ask questions and feel comfortable before getting in the driver’s seat. Here are some helpful videos.

Wear the right gear. This includes helmets for all passengers under age 18, eyewear (sunglasses, glasses, goggles) and closed toe shoes for everyone – don’t forget to wear a seatbelt if available.

Rent a place to stay nearby. Consider lodging that backs up or is within ATV driving distance to trails (check local regulations on ATV use on main roads).

Plan a breakfast, lunch or dinner at a local restaurant. Relax and put cooking worries aside for a meal or two at these amazing eateries minutes away from trails. Some are even on the trails, so plan accordingly and pack snacks if-needed.

Know where you’re going. Maps are available to guide your ride and indicate the difficulty of each trail, giving you an idea of what terrain to expect. Keep an eye out for signs on the trails during your ride that can provide other helpful information.

Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife. Many animals call the area home, so be on the lookout for moose, deer, birds and more – keep your distance.

Check the weather and dress in layers. Be prepared for anything from warm sun to heavy rain. If you wear the right clothes, your adventure can be amazing in any weather.

Everyone has a trailblazer inside them. Whether the next family vacation is off-roading, boating or traveling to a new area, make sure you’re outside and embracing the inner trailblazer within.